Our people: Answering the call

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Courtesy photo Clovis residents Gerri and Richard Gomez met over 30 years ago. Clovis natives Richard and Gerri Gomez have run the Lighthouse Mission for nearly 25 years. Richard Gomez said the reason is simple. “It’s a calling.” Gerri Gomez said they do what they do “to give people help today and hope for tomorrow.” […]

Innocence lost in digital world

Young people grow wearisome of tales of time gone by, the glorious 1950s and more permissive 1960s, their simple themes captured by the TV series Happy Days and perhaps glorified by the classic film American Graffiti. “Pops! Pops! I know! You paid 25 cents a gallon for gas in 1956. I’m paying $3.75 for gas. […]

Spiritual growth not simple, easy

Curtis Shelburne DO YOU WANT YOUR CHURCH TO GROW SPIRITUALLY?” queried an item in my e-mail in-box today. I can be a little contrarian, and since the only option given for me to click on was a “Yes,” my first reaction was, “No, not really, but thanks.” Well, duh! Aside from the fact that it’s […]

America’s freedoms compromised too often

Freedom Newspapers In the spirit of the holiday, we pursue the answer to a simple question: Could our forefathers possibly have envisioned the America that exists in 2010, where independence is thwarted at virtually every turn? Could they have foreseen the long lines at airports brought on by security checks? Or the invasive full-body scanners […]

Blight battle: No simple solution

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Duane Castleberry, a magistrate judge in Clovis, said construction of the Prince Street overpass made his lot at the corner of Mabry and Prince streets ‘ once home to KC Mufflers

Hard to top invention of saddle

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist Can you guess what simple invention is considered one of the basic pieces of equipment involved in creating and spreading modern civilization? I couldn’t. It involves the horse…of course… and the saddle. Like most country kids, I learned to ride bareback. I still believe that’s how novice riders should begin […]

Read their lips: There is no state money

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Rep. Dennis Roch, of Tucumcari, brought comic relief to an otherwise somber legislative breakfast in Clovis Wednesday morning. Legislators told attendees there is no money in state coffers for local projects. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer There is no money. The message was plain and simple Wednesday morning as […]

Local experts offer opinions on health care reform

By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico Local health care experts offered their take on health care reform Thursday and no one offered any easy or simple answers. Roosevelt General Hospital Administrator James D’Agostino, La Casa Health Center CEO Seferino Montano, ENMU Economics professor Michael Snipes and Chris Simons, an insurance executive from Artesia, offered their […]

Religion feature: New church plans to keep it simple

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Central Baptist Church is “planting” a new church, called The Vine Community Church, to appeal to those who prefer a progressive program over a traditional one. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Central Baptist Church staff knows they aren’t the church for everyone. They also know that not everyone […]

Fuel economy legislation costly for consumer

Freedom Communications The late economist Milton Friedman used to say the insights offered by the discipline of economics can be summed up in a simple phrase: There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. The eternal desire of politicians is to disprove this simple maxim by trying to offer free lunches through the coercive […]

Business feature: Closing up shop

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Jack Lapp, owner of JL’s Automotive Service, said he has worked more than 12,000 work orders since setting up shop 29 years ago. On Oct. 1, Lapp is retiring from the mechanic trade and closing his shop. Jack Lapp said one reason he is closing his auto repair shop after […]

Students discover art in everyday life

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CNJ staff photo: Lili Castillo Tiarah Light, 11, looks at her close up photograph of a tulip on the wall in the front lobby of the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Light said she enjoyed taking the close up because she could see all the details of the flower. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer […]

Tax help volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help provide free tax help for simple returns to low and moderate income families and for senior citizens. Volunteers must want to learn about tax filing and be willing to work at least 20 hours per week from February through April. Volunteers will be trained and certified in January. Tax help […]

12-9 Library books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: How to Feed a Teenage Boy: Recipes and Strategies by Georgia Orcutt presents more than 150 recipes for simple, satisfying fare that will provide our ravenous, junk food-loving, green-phobic sons with tasty and nutritious meals for life. The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen blends past […]

11-25 Library Books

The following books are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library: On Good Land: The Autobiography of an Urban Farm by Michael Ableman was given by Jim and Carolyn Shipley in memory of Charles Novotny. The remarkable story of one farm’s struggle for survival focuses on Fairview Gardens, a once-rural farm in a vast checkerboard of […]

Ag, home ec seminar set in Quay County

Freedom Newspapers The 39th Annual Agriculture and Home Economics Seminar hosted by the Quay County Extension Service will be Thursday at the Tucumcari Convention Center at 1500 West Route 66. Programs will begin at 9 a.m. Topics include: • Alternative feed solutions as the price of corn continues to rise. • Care of the home […]

Majestic wind towers intriguing sight

By Grant McGee: Local columnist I was on my way to work in the pre-dawn darkness when I saw them on the southwestern horizon. I’d never seen them before. I don’t know if I’d never noticed, if the conditions were just right or if they had just been turned on. “They” were dozens of red […]

Movie reminder Christmas isn’t so simple

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Seeing “The Nativity” movie this busy holiday season really helps put this whole Christmas thing into perspective. The greatest story every told didn’t happen in a Hallmark card setting. There was cow poop and all. My daughter Laura and I went to see “The Nativity” last weekend and I felt […]

Literacy Council sees participation booming

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Attendance at a local literacy center spiked in the last year as a result of an aggressive marketing campaign, according to officials. From fiscal year 2004-2005 to fiscal year 2005-2006, student enrollment at the Curry County Literacy Council tripled, from 11 to 33, according to Council Program Director Miranda […]

State no longer political nonentity

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist It didn’t used to be like this. Not in the old days. Not way back when New Mexico was a simple place with simple tastes and simple folks and the notion you couldn’t visit here without a passport. No one much noticed us, and that was OK. Those days are […]